Cw optical bistability in non-absorbing liquids and liquid crystals using HeNe and diode lasers

A. D. Lloyd, I. Janossy, H. A. Mackenzie, B. S. Wherrett

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Abstract

We report the first demonstrations of cw submilliwatt optical bistability in metallic mirror cavities containing water, alcohol and other solvents. Such thermal bistability is also reported for a hybrid dielectric/metallic cavity containing the nematic liquid crystal 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (also known as PCB, 5CB or K15), illuminated by a low power diode laser. © 1987.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Volume61
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1987

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